One of BlackBerry Messenger’s great features is the notification system. Yes, the small tick with the ‘D’ or ‘R’ next to it telling the sender that your message has been Delivered or Read by the recipient.
We’ve all had times when we do not want to reply to the message straight away. But you’ve read the message. So the sender knows you’re not replying, on purpose! They’re gonna hate you. They’re gonna think there’s something wrong with you. The same old ‘why didnt you reply to my message?’ question will pop up in the next question. I mean it was all good with text messaging where you could just say ‘o sorry, I didn’t get your text’ or ‘I didn’t read it’; but these pathetic excuses don’t work with BBM messages. Your sender knows that the message was delivered, in fact they even know you read it because their little tick next to the message had a ‘R’ written next to it.
So how to read the message, without having that ‘D’ status change to ‘R’.
To put it simply: Chat History.
You must ‘Save Chat History’. Yes that must be enabled for you to sneakily read the message without notifying the sender. What you do next is simple. When you receive a new message, just View Chat History for that contact and open the most recent chat history. There you will see the message and you can happily read it.
This way it will never inform the sender that you have read the message and you won’t be pressured into replying straight away!
Have fun. Stay sneaky.
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Apple’s newly released iOS 5 software for iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, and iPad includes their new iMessage messaging feature. This new feature allows users to communicate for free over their device’s data connection. iMessage allows users to freely send messages, texts, images, videos, a location and contact information: much similar to BlackBerry’s Messenger service (BBM).
Unlike BBM, iMessage is integrated to the normal messaging service. Although Apple use different colours for normal messages (green) and messages sent/received over iMessage (blue), it can still get confusing. Any devices running iOS 5 with iMessage enabled will automatically associate phone numbers with it.
Problems can arise while sending out an iMessage to multiple recipients. The sender must make sure all their recipients have the application enabled or they could be charged the usual text messaging charges. You see this is where BBM wins over iMessage or anything similar. BBM is a full on IM service, while iMessage tries to send the communication over data connection IF possible or resorts to the normal text messaging.
The sender is notified when then message is sent and also knows when the recipient is typing a reply, again much similar to BBMs features of a ‘delivered’, ‘read’ and ‘typing’ notification. Some of the features are not too different from BBM and it can be said, iMessage was implemented to compete with the BlackBerry, who have been winning over the iPhone with their biggest unique selling point being BBM!
Am sorry Apple, iMessage is nothing compared to BlackBerry Messenger.
BlackBerry wins this one easily.
Updated score: BlackBerry 4 – iPhone 2.